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Appropriate radiation accident medical management: necessity of extensive preparatory planning.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17047978     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Despite the rareness of radiation accidents, their potential consequences can be very serious, and appropriate medical management requires sufficient preparatory planning. To identify necessary factors for sufficient preparatory planning, three different radiation accidents were analyzed, i.e. the accidents in Goiânia, Brazil, 1987; Lilo, Georgia, 1997; and Tokai-mura, Japan, 1999. These radiation accidents have been chosen specifically because they provide a wide spectrum of potential radiation accident scenarios. After a brief description of the accidents and the following medical management, the measures taken are analyzed in terms of diagnosing radiation-induced health damage, determining the cause, dealing with contamination/incorporation, pathophysiological and therapeutic principles, preparatory planning, national and international cooperation and training. Several important factors are identified that should be considered in preparatory planning, i.e. preventing delayed diagnosis and training of medical personnel. Due to limited national resources, an intensified international cooperation to manage medical radiation accidents is of great importance.
H D Dörr; V Meineke
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2006-10-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Radiation and environmental biophysics     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0301-634X     ISO Abbreviation:  Radiat Environ Biophys     Publication Date:  2006 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-19     Completed Date:  2008-03-06     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0415677     Medline TA:  Radiat Environ Biophys     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  237-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
Bundeswehr Institute of Radiobiology, Neuherbergstrasse 11, 80937, Munich, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Disaster Planning / methods*
International Cooperation
Radiation Injuries / diagnosis*,  therapy*
Radioactive Hazard Release / prevention & control*
Radiologic Health / methods*

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